5 Foods That Make You Sweat
Posted by Ada Hersko on March 08, 2015 0 Comments
Long before air-conditioners were invented, our bodies had their own built-in units. Whenever it becomes too hot to handle, our body controls the temperature by producing sweat that helps us cool down while it evaporates from our skin.
However, heat is not the only thing that makes our body sweat. Believe it or not, what you eat can often contribute to how much you sweat, and even how you smell! What are those foods?
1) Caffeinated Beverages
Meeting for a first date over coffee? Consider a decaf or iced drink over that hot cappuccino! Coffee increases perspiration in two ways. First, caffeine stimulates your body in a way that makes sweat glands over active. So, the more caffeine you drink, the more you sweat. Secondly, the heat from the drink itself can make your body feel hot enough to sweat. The heat aspect is the same for any hot beverage, regardless of its caffeine content.
2) Hot Peppers
Well, this one shouldn't be surprising at all! When you bite into one of them, it has the capacity to make your body perspire almost immediately, because of the presence of a chemical known as ‘capsaicin’. It tricks our body into thinking it’s hot, which is why as soon as your brain gets the signal that the body temperature has gone up, you start sweating!
3) High Fat Milk
As much as you love pouring whole milk all over your cereal in the morning, you may be adding to your sweat problem, because high fat milk is another food item that makes you perspire. Just replace that with low-fat or skimmed milk to reduce your body’s sweat output. It might need some getting used to, but it’ll be worth it once you start seeing less sweat under your arms. Besides, skimmed milk is good for your health!
4) Excess Salt
Eating too much salt can also turn you into a sweating machine. When you consume large amounts of salt, you will sweat to get rid of the sodium content from your body. The average salt consumption shouldn't exceed 5 grams per day, which is rather contrasting, as Indians consume more than 9 grams of salt per day. So, cut down your salt consumption and you’ll in turn cut down on sweat.
5) Hot Soup
Hot soup as well as any other type of hot liquid, can make you sweat a little more. Just like hot coffee or tea, the hot liquid of the soup will slightly raise your body temperature, as will the steam that’s coming from your bowl. And, if the soup happens to be spicy, then be prepared to sweat even more.
Well, now you know what food triggers excess sweat production in your body, the simplest thing you can now do is to avoid them. However, if you’re not willing to give up on any of these foods, then, this can be your only solution. And of course, you can thank us later!